FlipStir puzzles are unique in that they are in a container (reminiscent of an old fashioned straw holder). There is a stick that goes down the center and is moveable… Using the stick you move the pieces to arrange them in order. This takes a little bit of skill, but is not difficult once you get the hang of it. You can move the pieces by flipping them, moving them from one side to the other, moving them up or down, etc…
This was only a Level 1 puzzle, and I have to admit it was a bit intimidating for me at first. I found it very frustrating. My husband knocked it out, quick and easy…. after watching him, I was able to accomplish the task, but none of my kids have had the patience to mess around with it long enough to solve it. Level 2 is slightly more complex picture, and the edges of the pieces are wavy instead of flat, making it more challenging.
Enlivenze LLC has several educational themed puzzles, however, and it would be a fun addition to any study that matches the themes. Designs available include: Solar System, Statue of Liberty, Rainbow colors and even the Periodic Table! The Dinosaur specifically would be great for that budding paleontologist!
This would be a great gift for someone who likes puzzles or likes to tinker. I think they would be a great thing to have in doctor’s waiting rooms, or to take on car rides, or into restaurants….a nice quiet activity that can keep a little one occupied.
The puzzle is different each time, because the pieces get mixed up into a different order. So there is always a challenge factor. Simply shake it up well after you solve it!
The puzzles cost $24.95 each. You can purchase them online or at a select few retail locations. They are recommended for ages 7+ and are made in the USA! Because they come enclosed, there is no risk of lost pieces or need to replace batteries! Always a bonus! (How many puzzles end up with that one or more lost piece?? ).
It’s great for improving on fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and spatial relations, as well as developing problem solving skills too! This could be a great Occupational Therapy tool!